Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for head, hands, eyes, body, and feet
This webpage does NOT include Respiratory Protection, Hearing Conservation, or Fall Protection. Separate pages are provided for those topics.
Who does it apply to:
All employers whose employees who are required, and in some cases, voluntarily, to wear personal protective equipment to protect them from job-related hazards. Ideally, PPE should be viewed as a last resort to protect employees from identified hazards. Employers should first attempt to eliminate hazards via Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, and/or Substitution. If these controls are not feasible nor effective, then the employer should evaluate the need and effectiveness of PPE.
What are the major regulatory requirements
- Documented / Certified evaluation of Personal Protective Equipment needs per job description.
- Policy development. May be contained within your Injury and Illness Prevention Program policy.
- Specific Requirements / Procedures per Job Description. Requirements for the proper use and maintenance of applicable PPE.
- Equipment/Device Selection/Acquisition
- Equipment Care and maintenance
- Initial Employee Training
- Program Maintenance
- Effective Employee Re-Training as required
- Annual review of PPE needs, use, and maintenance.